Tampa is the home of numerous unique cultural,
educational, and other entertaining annual events.
Gasparilla Pirate Fest
Every year, plunderers take over the city in honor of the mythical legendary pirate Jose
Gaspar. The Gasparilla Pirate Fest is one of the country's largest and most unique
- Outback Bowl
The Outback Bowl is a New Year's Day college football game matching teams from the SEC
and Big Ten Conference.
Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival
The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is an 8-day cultural fest in which
speakers, musicians, artists, poets, and craftspeople welcome many
visitors each year.
Fiesta Day (Ybor City)
Fiesta Day honors the Cuban, German, Italian, African-Cuban, Jewish and Spanish
immigrants who first settled in Ybor in 1886.
Florida State Fair
The annual Florida State Fair is a showcase for Florida's agricultural industry. The
fair is educational, exciting and fun.
The Gasparilla Distance Classic attracts world-class runners who compete on foot in 5K
and 15K events.
- Sant' Yago Knight Parade
The streets of Ybor City come ablaze when floats with lights, bands and pirates fill the
streets for the Sant' Yago Knight Parade.
- American Invitational & Winter Equestrian Festival
This equestrian event draws some of the world's finest horses and riders.
finale of the Winter Equestrian Festival is the American Invitational, a world class
jumping competition, at Raymond James Stadium.
- Gasparilla Festival of the Arts
Painters, artisans, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and artists from around the world
display their work at the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. It is one of the largest
art shows in the Southeast.
Rough Riders St. Patrick's Day Parade
The 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Rough Riders, Inc. and the City of Tampa invite you to attend their Annual St. Patrick's
Mayor's River O'Green Fest
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a green river, continuous
entertainment, games and crafts and of course beer.
- MacDill Air Fest
MacDill Airforce Base buzzes with excitement as Air Fest, one of the largest air shows
in the Department of Defense, comes to Tampa.
Friday Extra Concert Series
Tampa's longest running concert series features local bands and
takes place every Friday in April and May
Family oriented celebrations of United States Independence Day
in the Tampa area.
Guavaween is a Latin-style Halloween celebration held in Tampa's historic Ybor City.
The Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Committee's Annual Latin Fest is held
downtown and is free to the public. The event is part of the month long
Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.
People from all over the United States and Florida join Tampa Bay
residents to celebrate Hispanic arts and culture at
Conga Caliente, a free, quality festival that has become Tampa Bay's
premiere Hispanic event.
Tampa's Downtown on Ice
An outdoor ice skating rink in downtown Tampa is open mid-November
through early January..
Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tampa kicks off the holiday season with the a concert, tree lighting
ceremony followed by a holiday movie in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.
Tampa's Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place the Friday before Santa Fest.
Santa Fest and Tampa's Downtown Holiday Parade
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with
activities and entertainment fun for the entire family. Santa Fest takes
place on the first Saturday in December.